This powerful new show centres on the relationship between a mother and her transgender son who has questioned his gender identity for as long as he can remember, as they embark on a journey into the unknown.
“It’s totally beautiful. I burst into tears right at the end… Loads of layers, nuances, delicacies, possibilities and opportunities here. I love to see a work that is creative and equitable, that really listens to both parent and young person perspectives, and honours the messiness and complexity of them.” Lindsey Dreyden, Trans In America
An intimate and epic experience of the power of creativity to facilitate profound change, Emerging explores themes of gender identity and representation, and was created in consultation with young gender-diverse and trans people and their parents/carers.
“An intimate and layered spectacle” Donald Hutera about Depths of my mind
Emerging is an immersive multimedia performance featuring aerial dance, visual theatre, and excerpts from letters between mother and son.
Artistic director Daniela Essart and collaborator Naissa use their art to better understand both themselves and each other as they navigate their relationship and a complex life-changing process.
“Our transitions together have been for different lengths and paces. I feel ready for this, and I never want to hurt you. I love you so dearly, and I want you on my journey with me.”
“Please take me by the hand and guide me through the appearing and disappearing of you, because this is what I fear the most; to lose you, my child.”
Scarabeus Aerial Theatre has been creating visually arresting and thought-provoking performances for more than thirty years.
“I love the relationship between mother and child. The hope that it brings, that my mother may also accompany me on my journey through life/gender/identity.” Young transgender person
“It’s inspiring the way both sides are able to freely express themselves whilst showing so much love for each other.” Parent of transgender young person
BSL interpreted performance Thursday 2 February
After-show discussion Thursday 2 February (BSL interpreted)
Suitable for ages 12+
Content warning: Contains themes around gender diversity which some people may find triggering